Guide to Carnivorous Plant Seeds

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Buying seeds can be a risky business as there are many things that can go wrong.
‘Seeds are living things’ and unless they have been treated as such their chances of growing become slimmer with each passing day.
There is also the problem that seeds look nothing like the plant they came from so some ‘unscrupulous’ sellers will sell cheap seeds telling the buyer they are something special, by the time they have grown it is too late.
This is especially so with exotic plants such as carnivorous plants and orchids. So I have set up this guide with some images for the most common carnivorous plants and their seeds for sale on ebay.

Glossy black seed about 1mm long
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Glossy black seed about 1mm long

Venus flytrap (Dionaea)

Firstly these seeds are not rare, treat any seller telling you such with extreme caution.
There are however rare 'plants' but to get a ‘True Plant’ you have to buy a plant taken from a cutting of that original. This is very often called ‘Tissue Culture’ or (TC) you then have a (genetic) copy of this plant and it will look like its parent plant.

TINY Black seeds less than 1mm long
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TINY Black seeds less than 1mm long

Sundew (Drosera)

As with Venus flytrap these seeds are not rare.
Sundews are among the easiest to grow and least expensive seeds of carnivorous plants. They are the starting point for many first time growers as they require less care than some of the more exotic plants.

Long thin seeds with bump in midde ~ 2cm
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Long thin seeds with bump in midde ~ 2cm

Tropical Pitcher Plants / Monkey Cups (Nepenthes)

Nepenthes is arguably the most glorious and spectacular genus of carnivorous plants.
The seed of this plant very quickly dies if not planted up. Only ever buy from someone that can ensure the seed is fresh or been kept in a ‘Seed Bank’ any good grower will be happy to tell you when the seed was collected and how it has been stored.
This is not a good starter plant from seed as many types require very specific conditions to grow. If you just can’t wait the best idea is to buy a fully grown plant and ask the seller the conditions it needs. A good seller will have this in the description, look for:
Humidity
Temperature (night / day)
Light levels

Tan seeds about 2mm long
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North American Pitcher Plants, (Sarracenia)

This plant is a slow grower with some taking years to reach a point where they will flower.
It is however a relatively easy plant to grow from seed but requires some techniques the first time grower may not be familiar with such as ‘Cold Stratify’ this is to break down the tough waxy coating on the seeds and can take a few week to complete before planting the seeds.

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